Make Waves

$4,345 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 56 people in 28 months
Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake by surface area in the world at 31,700 square miles, 1,300 feet deep and capable of creating waves over 40 feet high.

On June 4th, 2016, Lexi Bruno and Erin Denny will depart Duluth, MN to circumnavigate Lake Superior via sea kayak. The trip will follow 1,200 miles of ever changing shoreline and take roughly 90 days. By embarking on this journey we are fulfilling our dreams and conquering our fears as well as inviting and encouraging women to do the same.

We are both recent graduates from the University of Minnesota Duluth, with degrees in Environmental and Outdoor Education. During our time as students, we worked as sea kayak guides on Lake Superior, and after our last trip we realized that we did not want it to end there. We could think of no better way to honor our love of the lake than by exploring its every corner. While exploration is a priority, we also want Make Waves to be about more than the miles. With this goal in mind, we will be stopping at different towns around the lake to spread our message: inspiring adventure in women, be the change, make waves.

The past year has been dedicated to saving up for this trip, but some items are still out of our reach. Our biggest expense is safety equipment. One item that is essential to our trip is the DeLorme inReach , which will allow us to navigate, transmit our location and send messages in places without cell service. Another item that we will not hit the water without is a VHF radio . A VHF is essential to any marine travel, it allows us to communicate with other vessels, get a current weather forecast and communicate with emergency response. These are only two of many items that will help make our journey safe.

On top of the safety equipment, a trip like Make Waves requires many small items that add up quickly. If you would like to help us pursue our dream of empowering women, your contribution would be greatly appreciated, every little bit helps. Thank you for taking the time to read our story.

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$4,345 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 56 people in 28 months
Created March 2, 2016
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JS
$50
Julie Scudamore
24 months ago

I'm having SO much fun reading about and following you on your adventure, felt compelled to make another donation.

$25
Mark Zmudy
24 months ago

Have a wonderful time! Thanks for being an inspiration to many.

JC
$50
Joe/Jodie Crabtree
24 months ago

It was nice meeting you last night in Two Harbors. We will be following your journey. Travel safe.

$25
Anonymous
24 months ago
JM
$50
Jill Moore
24 months ago

Safe travels to you!! We will be keeping a close watch on this incredible journey! Blessings...

$25
Brett Groehler
25 months ago

Have a great trip you two..UMD proud!

TP
$50
Thomas A Peterson
25 months ago

Please consider starting on the south shore! In early June you will likely be paddling into a strong cold headwind on the north shore. The north shore is perhaps the most dangerous part of your trip and is best done in late July or August when water temps will be better. The south shore will warm sooner as the lake is shallower there. This advice is my donation the money isn't much in camparison! Good luck! Would love to hear about your trip later.

KS
$50
Kathy Shymanski
25 months ago

Here's to a safe and amazing journey! You girls ROCK!

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